PhD Position in Physical Chemistry; Organic Polymeric Photocatalysts for Water Splitting and CO2 Reduction

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry


Two PhD positions in Physical Chemistry with Focus on Organic Polymeric Photocatalysts for Water Splitting and CO2 Reduction

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Chemistry - Ångström conducts research and education in the chemistry field. The department has more than 200 employees and has a turnover of 200 million SEK. At the department's six programs, we conduct very successful research of a high international standard. We have a large number of externally funded research projects, often with international cooperation and we see continued good growth in our subject area. The department has education assignments in engineering and civil engineering programs and master's programs. More information is available on our website.

The PhD positions are placed in Dr. Tian’s group in Physical Chemistry. More information about the group can be found on group webpage. 

Subject description/research project: The research project will focus on development and study of polymer nano-dots in photocatalysis, particularly for water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction, by using electrochemistry, spectroscopy and photocatalytic characterization. The goal of this project is to understand the working principle of polymer nano-dot photocatalysts and to develop new and more efficient systems for light driven fuels production from water and/or carbon dioxide. Outcomes from the project will contribute new knowledge and methods to the research community of solar energy conversion and storage.

Work duties: The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements: A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.


  • Master degree or equivalent as above in Chemistry or equivalent
  • very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • The candidate having knowledge in photochemistry with corresponding documented practical experience will be appreciated

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme. 

Terms of employment: The rules about PhD students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 §§1-7 and the university's rules and guidelines. 

Application procedure: The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of Master thesis, published article or relevant materials, if available. Also, contact information of at least two reference persons should be included.

Pay: According to local agreement (Local collective agreement for doctoral students and students).

Starting: 2020-09-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position for four years.

Working hours: 100 %.

For further information about the position, please Contact: Dr. Haining Tian, +46 739530993,

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2020-05-25, UFV-PA 2020/1365.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , PhD placement

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 2

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV PA 2020/1365

Last application date: 2020-05-25

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